Social Theory Graduate Certificate

Graduate Certificate in Social Theory

Graduate Students participating in Committee activities have the opportunity to earn a Graduate Certificate in Social Theory. This Certificate offers students systematic multidisciplinary training in social theory. It augments, and is pursued concurrently with, the regular M.A and Ph.D. degree programs of participating departments. To receive the Certificate, a student must take four courses:

  1. ST 500, Introduction to Social Theory, providing students with a broad survey of social theoretical issues spanning the humanities and social sciences,
  2. ST 600, Multidisciplinary Perspectives in Social Theory, a topical, team-taught seminar conjoined with a public lecture series,
  3. ST 610, disClosure Editorial Collective, offering professional editorial and research experience, and
  4. Either an elective theory course from outside the student's home discipline selected from Committee members' offerings, or when offered, ST 690, a topical seminar jointly taught by faculty members from the humanities and social sciences

In total, the Certificate requires ten hours of course work, can be pursued in tandem with regular degree programs, and is open to all graduate students at the University of Kentucky. Undergraduates can take the courses ** with permission of the instructor ** but can only receive an official certificate for their transcript if they take all the courses while enrolled as a graduate student.

In order to recieve the Social Theory Certificate each student must apply online through the apply yourself system. You can access this application through the grduate school's webpage, and clicking "Apply Online" . All student's must create a new account for applyyourself in order to complete an application. 

Once you have completed all the work for the Certificate, fill out a Grad Certificate Complete Form and email it to Dr. Tad Mutserbaugh at (or put the information asked for on this form directly into your email--the form is not required.)

Grad Certificate Completion Form

Topics of ST 600 have been:

  • Queer Theory (2021)
  • Animal (2020)
  • Populism (2019)
  • Affect (2018)
  • Archives (2017)
  • Justice (2016)
  • Transnational Lives (2015)
  • Market Failures, Famine and Crises (2014)
  • Mapping (2013)
  • Security (2012)
  • Self/Story (2011)
  • Law, Sex, Family (2010)
  • Consuming Cultures (2009)
  • War (2008)
  • Migrations, Displacements, and Mobilities (2007)
  • Emotion (2006)
  • Intimacy (2005)
  • Religion & Identity (2004)
  • Localizing Globalization (2003)
  • Civic Practice/Civil Societies (2002)
  • Metropolis (2001)
  • Children at the Millennium (2000)
  • Masculinity and the Male Body (1999)
  • Nation Theory (1998)
  • Whiteness (1997)
  • Revisioning Ecological-Social Justice (1996)
  • Representing Reason (1995)
  • Disciplining Boundaries (1994)
  • Contemporary Democratic Theory and Democracy (1993)
  • The Social and Political Body (1992)
  • Objectivity and its Other (1991)
  • Reassessing Modernity and Postmodernity (1990)
  • Multidisciplinary Perspectives in Social Theory (1989)

The Committee on Social Theory is also a supportive environment where students readily meet faculty from numerous fields who are enthusiastic about and willing to serve on multidisciplinary thesis and dissertation committees.


Students interested in the Committee should apply for regular admission to one of the participating departments, indicating their interest in earning a Certificate. The Committee encourages prospective students to contact the director when applying for admission and to indicate their interest in the program when initially contacting the Director of Graduate Studies of the relevant department. Each year the Committee offers one student a half research assistantship and actively sustains student fellowship support for social theory teaching and research in concert with allied departments. 

For more information, or to request a certificate upon completion of the program, write to:

Dr. Tad Mutersbaugh
Director,  The Committee on Social Theory
867 Patterson Office Tower
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY 40506-0027
Tel (859) 257-4377